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A night in the city
Millennium Baileys Hotel (London)
Member Name: sagat
Millennium Baileys Hotel (London)
Advantages: Free minibar!
Disadvantages: Rubbish minibar!
Deciding to book a night in the big city, we used lastminute.com to book a surprise hotel and the Millenium was what we ended up with. One nights stay in a business room cost a fairly hefty £150, but included with the room was internet, minibar and Sky. The hotel itself is located a minutes walk away from Gloucester Road tube so access in and out of central London is extremely easy.
Checking in was easy enough, but we had to wait a good few minutes before the receptionist, who was already dealing with another customer, called for someone else to deal with us. Once they turned up, it was a painless enough affair.
The experience was underwhelming to say the least. The decor of the hotel was nice enough, but nothing spectacular. Our room was very spacious and well presented, but little things niggled, for example the flat screen television faces the bed, but due to the way the room has been set out, it is about a foot off centre, making it awkward to watch if you are on the far side of the bed. There was also a large desk and a couple of chairs which were awkwardly positioned in the corner of the room, blocking the small corner window, which was the only source of natural light.
The room was more costly because we took the business package as mentioned earier. We could have opted for a cheaper room with breakfast included, but the minibar struck us as the way forward! Imagine our disappointment to find it contained two cans of Fosters (yes Fosters), two cans each of Sprite, Fanta and own brand Coke, four bottles of water, one glass of white wine and one glass of red alongside one pack of Kettlechips. Not really the glamourous treat we had hoped for!
Another disappointment came in the form of the complimentary tea and coffee that was available in the room. We were provided with these massive mugs to use, but only four piddly sized milks, so really had to scrimp when doing drinks in the morning.
The bed itself was pretty comfortable and easy to sleep on (the alcohol may have helped though!). Unfortunately, we did not think to check the air conditioning before we went to sleep, and the room was quite hot during the night.
Room service is available at all times of the day and night, although for the casual diner it may be a bit pricey. Just next to the tube station is a Tesco Express which was great for nibbles, and on the high street there are some reasonably priced cafes and restaurants which give a pleasant view of the area whilst eating.
We were told we would be able to check in from 2pm, and I think we actually checked in to the room about 1pm which was nice. Check out was at Noon the next day, and leaving our bags with the concierge desk was nice and simple.
All in all, for the price involved, it was rather underwhelming. We would have been far better off booking into the travel lodge over the road!
Summary: Not worth the money
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